You’ve likely heard by now that NDP candidate Tasleem Riaz once posted favourably about Adolf Hitler, but did you know she accused Canadian soldiers of war crimes?
The NDP is full of radicals and now the light is being shone on them.
Yet when Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is asked about these radical candidates, time and again she defends them. To Horwath, siding with the NDP platform appears to be the only thing that matters.
So back to Riaz.
This is a woman well known in NDP circles, she spoke at Jack Layton’s funeral. Horwath herself defended Riaz by saying how well she knows the woman running in Scarborough-Agincourt.
“I’ve known Tasleem for some time now. This woman is an activist in the inter-faith community. I find it pretty unbelievable that she would be in any way implicated in anything that’s at all anti-Semitic,” Horwath said Friday morning.
That was in response to the post quoting Hitler favourably on Facebook.
When asked about Riaz claiming Canadian soldiers slaughtered innocent people, Horwath got nervous. He answer was full of stutters.
“I don’t know the reference that you’re particularly speaking about,” Horwath said. “But what I can tell you is this…there are many people who have, who are anti-war activists, for example, who are concerned about international issues and that’s not only New Democrats, that’s people all around the world.”
She then went on to discuss healthcare and care for seniors but never fully addressed the claim.
And that claim is brutal. Here is the screen shot.
Canadian soldiers, including people I know, were in Afghanistan fighting on the side of the angels. Does Tasleem Riaz remember who we were fighting? Would she prefer the Taliban in charge? This is the group that subjugated women, that banned girls from going to school. That would have kept Riaz herself from running for office.
And she refers to our soldiers as a “slaughtering machine” and that they “slaughter Men, Women and Children.”
This is a woman that Andrea Horwath defended.
There have always been pacifists in the NDP and CCF before it. There is a difference though in not supporting war and making wild accusations against your own country’s troops.
Riaz actually sounds like she prefers the other side.
Combine that with posting a Hitler quote in a favourable light….this woman cannot be elected.